Sunday 14th. March, 2021 

When I was very young I used to lie in bed with my little transistor radio under the covers and listen to cricket -- Test Matches from Australia -- or later in the day, from South Africa or the West Indies. I used to wonder at the technology. How was it that my heroes, Peter May and Colin Cowdrey could be batting half a world away and I could listen to their efforts? Or how was it that I could listen as Fred Trueman and Brian Statham knocked over wickets continents away and I could hear it described by John Arlott and Rex Alston? It was wonderful enough that I could see the black and white and sometimes shadowy images on television when matches were played in this country, from Lord's or from the Oval.

Today it is just so different. I was really spoiled for choice: the T20 cricket international between India and England all the way from Ahmedabad and in glorious colour; or the six nations rugby with Scotland against Ireland from Murrayfield; or the final round of the Players' Golf Championship all the way from the dramatic Sawgrass Course in Florida.

If today really worked out as I wished then England would win the cricket, Scotland would win the rugby and Lee Westwood would win the golf.

England lost convincingly, Scotland lost narrowly, and Lee Westwood came in second (much like England and Scotland but he played really well and only lost by one stroke). But I still marvel at the technology!

This morning I walked the dogs, giving Rachel a long-lie. Then we shared in the online Church service and after it the Coffee and Zoom which was a really good occasion. Everyone is really looking forward to getting back to church.

We had a lovely lunch. Devon, Olive's daughter-in-law, had sent Olive a meal from some very special Italian Delicatessen. So we started with corn-on-the-cob provided by Digger and then went on to a wonderful prawn ravioli, followed by tiramisu. And then, after an afternoon of sport, we dined again, this time on mushrooms on toast, followed by trifle. Don't we live well?


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